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Arms Warrior DPS Guide (Legion 7.1)

Last updated on Nov 27, 2016 at 10:06 by Wordup 165 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our Arms Warrior DPS guide for World of Warcraft Legion 7.1. Here, you will learn everything you need to know about playing an Arms Warrior in a raid environment and in Mythic+ dungeons.

About Our Author and Reviewer

This guide has been written by Wordup, a frequent theorycrafter involved in a number of class communities. He is also an experienced player who has been in the world top 100 since the days of Sunwell, currently raiding in Echoes. You can also follow him on Twitter.

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Archimtiros, one of the best DPS Warriors in the world, who raids in Infinity. You can follow him on Twitter.

1. Class Overview

In Legion, Arms has seen some fairly significant changes to try and fill out the static rotation, and focusing even more on Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash. It has a very single-target orientation, tied to small windows of high damage as frequently as possibly by trying to actively reset uses through Tactician Icon Tactician.

2. What has Changed?

  • Rage fuels your primary abilities still, and usage is directly linked to your chances to trigger Tactician Icon Tactician for extra ability resets.
  • Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash now has a 30-second cooldown, which can be reset via Tactician Icon Tactician, and increases all damage dealt to the target by 15% for 8 seconds.
  • Mastery: Colossal Might Icon Mastery: Colossal Might has been changed to now boost the damage dealt by Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash and the damage taken increase.
  • Tactician Icon Tactician has been added, granting a chance to reset your main ability cooldowns based on Rage spent.
  • Slam Icon Slam has returned as a baseline ability, used as a filler for extra chances to reset Tactician Icon Tactician.
  • Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm has been made baseline, and serves as your major AoE cooldown.
  • Recklessness has been replaced with Battle Cry Icon Battle Cry on a much lower cooldown.

3. Strengths

  • Very powerful single-target priority damage and burst.
  • Frequently available cooldown that has a large impact on output.
  • Strong cooldown based AoE burst.

4. Weaknesses

  • Very limited by cooldowns and Tactician Icon Tactician resets which can be unpredictable
  • Sustained AoE is poor.
  • Can frequently become resource starved limiting ability uses.
  • High intensity rotation when using optimal talents.

5. Viability in the Current Patch

Arms has a relatively robust toolkit when considering the Artifact, and can be powerful in a number of situations. The synergy between  Icon Warbreaker and Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm cannot be ignored, and the on demand burst that can come from using the more advanced talent build is staggering. If played optimally, Arms will perform well in Mythic+ and has a place in Raids.

6. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 9 pages:

7. ChangeLog

  • 27 Nov. 2016 (easy mode page): Added section for easier playstyle.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (stats page): Moved Strength further down the stat priority.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS trinkets and trinket simulations.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (artifact page): Slight path update — swapped One against Many and Deathblow.
  • 16 Nov. 2016 (rotation page): Improved wording in many places.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (gear page): Added Karazhan trinket to the trinket simulations.
  • 25 Oct. 2016 (enchants page): Added a mention about Potion of Prolonged Power.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Trinket update in BiS list.
  • 30 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Rotation and Execute usage update.
  • 28 Sep. 2016 (gear page): Updated BiS.
  • 24 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Colossus Smash update, following hotfixes.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Made Potion of the Old War the potion of choice.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (enchants page): Removed mentions of breakpoints.
  • 02 Sep. 2016 (rotation page): Added a clarification to the single-target rotation regarding Warbreaker. It should be cast if Colossus Smash is absent from the target.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (artifact page): Added.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (talents page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (spells page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (gear page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (this page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 29 Aug. 2016 (stats page): Updated for Legion's launch.
  • 27 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated Haste/Crit/Mastery explanations to match the updated notes on the stats page.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Further testing showed that Fervor of Battle is now the best Level 45 talent.
  • 21 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated mentions of Fervor of Battle to reflect the fact that it is now the recommended Level 45 talent.
  • 20 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Fixed enchants to use Haste.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Swapped Haste and Mastery.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (stats page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (talents page): Fixed Defensive Stance's description
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (rotation page): Fixed Tier 18 Set Bonuses section.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (enchants page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (spells page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (addons page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Removed trinket sims and added BiS recommendations.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (this page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
  • 19 Jul. 2016 (gear page): Updated for the Legion pre-patch.
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